Then a few years ago I read Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones, which included mention of a massacre along the border of DR and Haiti, and I was in total shock. I knew Trujillo was a "bad man" but the extent of his evil astounded me.
Today, in Dajabón, and through Saturday, the two nations that share the island of Hispaniola will commemorate the genocide committed by El Jefe.
From the press release:
|Courtesy of CulturalDiplomacy.org|
I met Ms. Danticat years ago at a writing conference and felt compelled to apologize to her for that atrocious blotch on our common history. She looked at me as if I were crazy but that's OK. I needed to say it, for all the years I kept a blind eye to what had happened on the island and for everything my family didn't do to put a stop to it.
I'm still a proud first-generation Dominican American, for sure. Just a little wiser and little less snooty about it.
*smooches...moving on but never forgetting*
one of these days I'll have to make a pit-stop in Dajabón...